Twin Lakes exploring a movie in the parks program

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Twin Lakes may be showing family-oriented movies in village parks this year.

Trustee Jeremy Knoll, chairman of the Parks Committee, proposed the program.  It would consist of one or two movies shown in rotating village parks on warm weather evenings.

Knoll said he saw such a program in action in North Carolina, where he used to live.

“It was just a huge hit,” Knoll said.

His reasons for proposing the project were to create a family-oriented event, to make people more aware of  village parks and to also bring more people to Twin Lakes.

“We do need to bring some more family fun into the village,” Knoll said. “I feel very strongly about stuff like this.”

Knoll presented a quote he obtained for an inflatable 15 feet by 20 feet screen, projector and sound system for $9,995 from Blimpscreen, a California company. Knoll proposed paying for the equipment with part of the about $20,000 savings in the West Side Park tennis court project.

Knoll volunteered to set-up and run the equipment.

The Village Board in general was in favor of the project.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald said.

However, there was some concern about the cost. Besides the equipment, there also would be licensing costs for the movies shown, said village administrator David Cox.

Knoll was directed to explore rent to own or buy back program options with the equipment vendor so the village could run the program for a year and see what reaction to it was before committing to a full purchase.


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